Retro Single Review: George Strait, “The Chair”


December 2, 2011

1985 | Peak: #1

Want to separate the real deals from the posers?

Ask them to sing “The Chair.” There isn’t a hat act out there who could measure up to Strait’s delivery of this song.

It may not have the emotional heft of  George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” or Porter Wagoner’s “Green, Green Grass of Home,”  but Strait’s delivery shares an important commonality with those classics. The song remains fresh and interesting even after you know the twist at the end.

That’s the hallmark of a great storyteller.

Written by Hank Cochran and Dean Dillon

Grade: A

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  1. NickNo Gravatar says:

    Great review of a great song!

  2. Hoggy from OzNo Gravatar says:

    A classic if ever there was one.

  3. SweetcheeksNo Gravatar says:

    I agree. “The Chair” is an awesome song.

  4. JoshNo Gravatar says:

    You don’t hear this one in karaoke bars too often, either…

  5. Paul W DennisNo Gravatar says:

    This is one of those songs (“The Fireman” is another) that I liked the first few dozen times I heard it, but can no longer stand. Even when it first showed up, I didn’t regard it as one of George’s better efforts

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